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04 April 2008 @ 08:00 am
On Discovery: Ethical Euthanasia?  
You stumble upon a crypt lined with some form of stasis chamber. Assuming you understand how to do both, how do you choose between reviving the chambered and disabling their life support? Our instinctive choice is to revive them, or at least to allow their continued stasis, but if they have been there for hundreds or thousands of years, the difference in immunology may make them immediately susceptible to terrible diseases that would've been super-bugs in their day. Alternatively, they may carry some relatively common disease considered destroyed for aeons: their release could wreak havoc.

Not the cheeriest of morning thoughts; what are your thoughts on the scenario?
 
 
 
Bastiendorangildas on April 5th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
To my Roman Catholic raised sensibilities, it wouldn't be my place to play God in the decision, nor would I be self-righteous enough to feel like I could make such a decision on my own.

Better to discern who, or what, is in the pod and where it came from. If, theoretically, it were a being from an earlier time, an extinct race lets say, what sort of knowledge could it bring us?

I would lean more towards reviving, but only after weighing my options, doing as much background on the pod and it's contents as possible, and taking precautions during the revival process, much like Matt and Elisabeth talked about.